Strong town centres contain people, workplaces, transportation and pedestrian choices. Shops, services, and arts venues also bring vibrancy to a town centre. Planners in Surrey recently gave the Central City area exactly that type of boost when the new Surrey City Hall took center stage for Culture Days. Learn why the original planning for this facility included a role for the arts and get a taste of event, which saw talented singers, dancers, and musicians show off Surrey’s artistic side.
Surrey City Hall put culture on centre stage during the provincial launch of Culture Days, a nation-wide festival of free and interactive arts.
“It is a fantastic day,” says Kent Gallie, the City of Surrey’s Performing Arts Manager. ” We were really excited when we were asked to do the launch by the Culture Days task force and we were honoured.
Media and arts community leaders met for the kick-off event in Surrey’s new city hall atrium and specially-designed council chambers, which easily transforms into a stage, including Bard on the Beach Artistic Director Christopher Gaze.
“It is wonderful to be here in Surrey Canada,” says Gaze. “Especially this auspicious day when we unleash Culture Days on Canada.”
Surrey City Hall is located in the Central City neighbourhood, which features skytrain service, a university, shopping, a new library and new housing developments.
“We did a major cultural plan in 2012,” explains Gallie.” There were a number of strategies and initiatives that came out of that that are now being implemented. One element was to de-centralize arts services to the various city centres throughout Surrey, becasue we have a number of town centres thru the city. This is also opportunity for us to put on an event here in Surrey Centre. We have interactive art activities happening, performances by Surrey’s Praise Team hip-hop dance group, the City of Surrey ‘s heritage re-enactors who are going to be enacting historical drama pieces. We also have music performances.”
To learn more, visit the BC Culture days website.